I'll be taking next year off before I go into grad school, so I thought I'd take the time to focus solely on art for once. I'm trying to keep it relatively cheap, but one of my fantasy ideas was to live next to an art school for a while (one focused in mainly technique - would art center be a good place perhaps?) so I can take classes as a non matric student + hopefully take advantage of school resources and being inspired by other students, etc... would this be feasible?

Has anyone here (I'm sure there are many of you) tried doing any intensive self studying that really paid off? And how did you go about doing it in a (relatively) cheap way?